What St. Peter Teaches Us About Trying Again, According to my Kids

06-26-2022Weekly ReflectionTeresa Avantos Barber

The Apostle's eagerness to keep trying again, no matter what, makes him an amazing role model for all of us.

“Oh, I just love Peter,” my five-year-old laughed.

We were reading a bedtime story about the first Easter, and one of the images in her picture book showed the Last Supper. One apostle was reaching over the others to take a piece of the Eucharistic bread that Jesus was offering him. “That guy is reaching over all the others so he can be first,” she said, very amused. “It must be Peter!” “Why do you think it’s St. Peter?” I asked, laughing too. “You know Peter! He’s always getting into mischief!” she said, laughing harder. “That’s why he’s my favorite after my patron saint and my guardian angel.”

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4 Visionaries who saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the message they received

06-19-2022Weekly ReflectionPhilip Kosloski

These saints were each graced with a visual encounter with the Heart of Jesus.

A popular devotion in the Catholic Church is directed to the “Sacred Heart of Jesus.” While it is deeply rooted in scripture, the devotion was not well known until various saintly visionaries reported seeing Jesus and his beloved heart.

These visions have been recognized by the Church as authentic. While the faithful are not obliged to believe in them (as is true of any personal revelation), the Church finds merit in these visions and the devotions surrounding them because they reflect “the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of salvation and sanctification of mankind. The ‘Sacred Heart’ is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Savior, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.” Here is a brief list of four visionaries along with the messages they received.

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Corpus Christi – How the Eucharist unites Earth Time with God’s Time

06-12-2022Weekly ReflectionBr. Thomas Joachim

It's the feast of a unique and everlasting event.

The Eucharist is not celebrated in Heaven: the Eucharist is a celebration for us here on Earth. Jesus instituted this sacrament so we can live with Him while we are here. When we finally see him face-to-face there will be no need for the Eucharist. The Eucharist is, in fact, a sacrament of the presence of Christ while He appears to be absent. It allows us to live our present time through Him, Who exists in eternity. In this way, we are able to unite our time with His eternal time. Through the Eucharist, we partake in eternity, while remaining connected to the past, present, and future. This is the great mystery we will briefly examine here.

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“Male and Female He Created Them” (New Vatican Document from the Congregation for Catholic Education) Part 1

06-05-2022Weekly Reflection

A Vatican department has issued a sweeping denunciation of so-called gender theory, and affirmed the principles of human dignity, difference, and complementarity.

“In all such [gender] theories, from the most moderate to the most radical, there is agreement that one’s gender ends up being viewed as more important than being of male or female sex,” the Congregation for Catholic Education wrote June 10, in a new document entitled “Male and Female He Created Them.”

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